Brief Thoughts on the Tracy Almond Hull Fire

The Almond Hull fire in Tracy, California(photo from http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/2015/05/19/health-caution-issued-for-smoke-from-san-joaquin-valley-fire/27598687/)
The Almond Hull fire in Tracy, California(photo from http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/2015/05/19/health-caution-issued-for-smoke-from-san-joaquin-valley-fire/27598687/)

I am not usually one to tell other professionals how to do their job but when my family’s health and happiness is at stake sometimes etiquette must be ignored. The amount of smoke and ash that has enveloped our community in Lathrop while firefighters watch the Tracy Almond Hull Fire burn itself out is completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, due to the nature and size of the fire, simply using copious amounts of water is not a good option. Instead, why not spread the smoldering piles out and then bring in truckloads of sand to bury the fire affected areas? Since the negligence of the agricultural waste processing center is responsible for a health advisory in a three county area, I would think that they would be happy to foot the bill for the transportation of sand and firefighter overtime. In addition, I believe that anyone who chooses to store large amounts of flammable compost should also be required to store sufficient amounts of a substance which can extinguish fires on their property should they occur. After all, as the demographics San Joaquin County continue to evolve shouldn’t our fire response and preparedness be evolving also?

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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